Psy 227 - Research Guide - Journal Articles

After using reference sources, you will probably want to consult some journal articles. Here are some important differences in reference sources and journal articles:

  • Journal articles are more specific than reference resources and usually more limited in scope than entire books on a topic.
  • Reference books attempt to tell you the most important known facts about a specific topic, while journal articles are often the venue where scientists publish new information based on their research.
  • Using reference resources first helps you create a framework for understanding the more specific information in journal articles. 

There's a good chance that by the time you've made it to Psy 227, you've had to use Academic Search Premier to find journal articles for a class project or paper. If you haven't, Academic Search Premier is a general article search engine, and it's always a good place to start your research.

You can find Academic Search Premier and other article search engines on the Library's website, by clicking on the "Articles & More" button on the home page.

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On that Articles & More page, there are options beyond Academic Search Premier that may better suit the nature of your research.

Note: If you're off-campus, you will need to enter your COCC ID# and last name to access online resources.

Best for your Lab Report #1...

BioOne provides full-text access to academic, peer-reviewed journals in the bioscience fields. If you ever have to write about any kind of animal or plant life, this is the place to go.

SORA stands for the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive, and it is full of academic, peer-reviewed journal articles about birds. It's perfect for your Lab Report #1.

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(Information on bird diet and foraging is somewhat limited in these search engines, but it doesn't mean they won't come in handy in the future!)

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
A great resource for psych students, the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection includes content from almost 400 journals (many of which are academic, peer-reviewed) in all of the psychology subfields.

As the name suggests, PsycINFO is a search engine for psychology-related content, including academic, peer-reviewed journals. PsycINFO is a special type of search engine, one that really just provides access to an index of publications, rather than the full-text of the publications themselves. Although you may occasionally find full-text articles in PsycINFO, usually you'll need to get the article from another one of our article search engines or via our Interlibrary Loan service. Click the link that reads "Check for Full Text" to see the available options.

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